The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
'Exodus: Gods and Kings'
Clearly an epically Biblical Visual Masterpiece. Astonishing.
The gods must be crazy - because the critics who say this is a biblical rehash have gone utterly mad. Rolling Stone might call this a think piece.
Biblically accurate? This is very well written from a CNN talking heads perspective of real events found in the 13 B.C. papyrus found at the base of the Pyramids, The Ipuwer.
The Ipuwer Papyrus us also called The Admonitions of Ipuwer. Its official designation is Papyrus Leiden I 344 recto. Currently in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands, after being purchased from Giovanni Anastasi, the Swedish consul to Egypt, in 1828. The sole surviving manuscript dates to the later 13th century B.C After all those horrific events the government should have planned better for. The papyrus carefully removes the name of the Pharaoh involved in that ulta-weeeeeeird storm. Listing the plagues one by one. Whining. Unhappy. In shock.
This is indeed not a verse by verse recreation of the Bible. In the first few scenes you have a pictorial image of a living man on a crucifix. Arms open in supplication. Willing to embrace salvation.
We are the people of the New Testament. Intrigued by the absolute power of the Holy Spirit's enormity erupting in one individual in a cataclysm of events changing life in the Old Testament. And we are, mostly, fairly aware of the story.
The questions raised in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' are the questions raised by being a New Testament Christian facing a world inhabited by the releasing of the Holy Spirit. Ridley Scott ends the movie by saying this one was written for his brother. This is any man facing the daunting task of being in relationship with the God of the Universe. A God bent on Salvation using the Holy Spirit and limited scope of the talents of mankind.
The overwhelming scope of explaining to family that God has called you to go His Path. And finding out, like Abraham, a typical reaction might be to use all of your talents you have at hand, your determination, drive, poise, leadership and realizing this is not within your depth to fix.
The history of the Pharaoh works as being "that Pharaoh", Ramses the Great had a huge battle and came home to be a man of peace and a man determined to build Egypt. Interestingly enough Pharaoh Akhenaten had documentation of the words Judeo-Christian monotheism and the words: Joseph, (reported to be Vice Pharaoh and an amazing man) Israel, Goshen, Yahweh appear in tax records and official Egyptian documents and also in Thutmose III.
In an "Om What" moment, we see the Red Sea plague overshadowed when the actual plague causes the chill in chilling. The water becomes red and blood from the immediate release of God's Word creating (what we see in Red Tide today)- bacteria. The opposite of the life giving blood of Jesus Christ.
As a refuge, Moses is reminded of the promise of love in covenant. A literal oasis. Rest from the world at work.
God is God and He will not be summoned to do our bidding. God arrives as a Child. To speak with the Father and Creator of the Universe would be overwhelming. "The Shack" by Wm Paul Young describes our soul as garden and the Holy Spirit is a Chinese Woman while Father God is an elderly African American Woman. This Child is, of course, profoundly more intuitive, wise and benevolent than an actual child. Loving. Asking for Justice.
Moses is almost undone by relying upon himself. And not. Leaning upon a God who has giving him talent and ability. Moses puts down his pride when he is to face failure and loss of human life. In Faith, Moses expects to see God come to their rescue. God asks more. God does not appear until the people are willing to go forth in faith.
Moses is finally able, then willing, to admit the sin of his pride and need of a Savior. God does not show up to obtain the applause of Moses or the people. God acts as God.
The Exodus does not occur until a relationship of the bond of mankind has begun to form. And God establishes Moses from fugitive to family man in the largest sense of the Word. New Age? Not at all. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
If you wanted to see man grapple with the Wonders of God of the Universe in Relationship - you will be affirmed and sustained to see Moses want the people - all of them - to understand the Love and Salvation of Father God. The Movie wisely draws from the studies on prayer - positive prayers, affirmation and aspirations for others are vastly rewarded. Selfishness, oppression, judgment, and violence are not looked with favor by God Himself. Man is capable of drawing judgment upon himself.
Visually - astonishing. The Glue Society captured a new audience in the 1990s of internet interest from God's perspective of the Exodus.
'Exodus: Gods and Kings' captures the perspective of the wolf, the lamb,leopard, goat, calf and the lion and yearling together. United by a Child of God. Reminding us to look to see God in others. And to have our criticisms be more open minded to larger questions of more importance. We are all invited to have a seat at the Table of God.
Lean into this film. Draw from the compassion.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things
Father God draw communities together in love and freedom. Build us up in Your Faith and establishing us in prayer - calling upon Your Holy Spirit. Keep us in Your Love as we wait expectantly upon Jesus' mercy to bring daily mercy and Life Abundant.
Remind us to be save all around us from hurt and suffering, darkness, despair and doubt with Love. Our Goal is Your Kingdom for Eternity. Heaven. Recognizing sin and moving past and way from that.
Praise You Lord Father God for being able to keep us from stumbling and present us before Your Glory without fault and with Great Joy to You. You are our Savior filled with glory, majesty, power and authority in Jesus Christ before all ages now and forevermore! Amen.
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